Congressman Kucinich at Every Child Matters Forum

DURHAM, NH –  Democratic presidential candidate Congressman Dennis Kucinich attended a forum on children's issues today at the University of New Hampshire. Two New Hampshire affiliates of Every Child Matters (ECM), PlusTime NH and Early Learning NH, as well as the Carsey Institute at UNH sponsored the event. 

Today's forum was part of a series of one-hour, single-candidate sit-downs, with panelists including NH State Field Director of ECM MaryLou Beaver, Carsey Institute founder Cynthia "Mil" Duncan, and UNH Faculty Fellow Dr. Cesar J. Rebellon.  Members of the UNH community, representatives of child advocacy organizations, and interested members of the public made up the audience. 

"The issue of providing for our children takes on a new relevance in a presidential campaign because the decisions that are being made now will affect the future of generations to come," said Kucinich.  He went on to say that pursuing peace is of the greatest importance to the well-being of children around the world, and emphasized that implementing a system of universal healthcare should be a top priority.

Despite the importance of the issues being discussed at the ECM forums, only Kucinich and two other presidential candidates – Senator Christopher Dodd and former Senator Mike Gravel – have attended, though all of the candidates were extended invitations.

"It's important for candidates to attend these forums because children can't vote and the decreases in funding for children's programs in the last several years are affecting them," said MaryLou Beaver.  "I think it's wonderful that Congressman Kucinich participated in our forum, because he'll bring our concerns back to Washington."

Every Child Matters is a non-partisan, non-profit organization founded to elevate the visibility of children's issues in elections and make children a higher political priority. 

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